Collin Sexton scored 26 factors, Darius Garland added 16 and the Cleveland Cavaliers led all the way in which in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 92-79 on Wednesday night time.
It was the Cavs’ first road win in opposition to the Clippers since March 13, 2016.
Sexton took off on a quick break within the second quarter and threw down a slam dunk on Nicolas Batum that caught the eye of LeBron James.
“My goodness Young Bull!” James tweeted, utilizing Sexton’s nickname. “With the left too.”
Sexton joked, “He wasn’t expecting that one.”
“I’ve just been trying to lay the ball up. Coach has been pretty much telling me just go to the basket,” Sexton stated. “I was just going and I took off.”
Evan Mobley had 12 factors and 10 rebounds in his homecoming. The former Southern California star taken third general within the draft has scored in double figures in all 5 video games to this point.
“Feels great to be back home,” Mobley stated. “I had a lot of family cheering for me and it felt great playing in front of them.”
Mobley made an impression, too. He dunked over Ivica Zubac and later blocked his fellow 7-footer on a drive within the first quarter.
Batum scored a season-high 16 factors and Reggie Jackson added 16 for the Clippers on an evening when Paul George struggled.
He missed his first seven photographs and completed 6 of 20, went 0 for 8 from 3-point vary, and had 12 factors and 10 rebounds to go along with 4 fouls. George, together with fellow starters Batum and Jackson, failed to attain within the opening quarter.
“After a night like this, the only way is to get better,” George stated.
Jackson added, “Yeah, they beat us up pretty good all around.”
Zubac dunked and scored on consecutive possessions to get the Clippers inside 4 to start out the fourth. But the Cavs outscored them 14-4 to increase their result in 16 factors.
The Clippers have been coming off a 30-point rout of Portland on Monday, after they had 21 steals, 37 assists and compelled 30 turnovers.
That crew did not present up in opposition to the Cavs.
LA shot 31 of 87 and was 9 of 41 from 3-point vary. Cleveland wasn’t a lot better, hitting 33 of 81 and making 3 of 20 3-pointers. But the Cavs managed the paint, 48-34, and their bench outscored LA’s reserves, 27-18.
“We left a little on the table offensively, but you can’t knock what these guys are doing on the floor defensively now,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated. “Our guys are sacrificing whatever the moment is to go win the basketball game.”
After opening the season 0-2, Cleveland gained its third in a row. The Cavs snapped a seven-game general skid and a four-game road dropping streak to the Clippers.
“They’re creating that identity of who we are and how we’re going to play,” Bickerstaff stated. “We’re early so I don’t want to jump the gun here, but their attitude has been to try and quench that thirst. That’s the thing to me that’s been most impressive.”
Three instances the Clippers closed inside three within the third. Jackson hit back-to-back 3s that pulled them to 63-62.
Earlier, veterans Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio propelled a 7-0 run that included Lamar Stevens’ dunk off Love’s miss to push Cleveland’s lead again to double digits, 63-53.
The Cavs led by 15 factors earlier than George made his first basket of the sport within the second. He hit three in a row and Jackson acquired his first factors throughout a 17-9 run that closed the primary half with Cleveland forward 47-40.
Cavaliers: Mobley will want extra tickets once more Friday when his household and pals come to see him in opposition to the Lakers. … Jarrett Allen had 4 factors and eight rebounds after double-doubles in his final two video games. … G Isaac Okoro (left hamstring pressure) sat out.
Clippers: Their lone victory to this point was in opposition to the Blazers.
Cavaliers: Play Lakers on Friday as a part of their five-game journey.
Clippers: Visit Portland on Friday of their second road recreation of the season.
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